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    Akhenaten

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    Akhenaten, or Amenhotep IV as he was first known, reigned during the prosperous golden age of Egypt’s 18th dynasty. He is generally associated with the neglecting the empire in order to pursue his dreams as a religious philosopher; letting the Egyptian border crumble, and ignoring their foreign colonies and provinces. Akhenaten was married to the most beautiful woman of ancient Egypt, who also happened to be his sister, Nefertiti. Delving into the reasons behind Akhenaten’s brief reform of Egyptian

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    The Origins of Akhenaten

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    The Origins of Akhenaten There is much that is known about Akhenaten the heretic pharaoh. More lies in speculation. Since his time, the Amarna period is one the ancient Egyptians themselves wished to forget much about Akhenaten remains unknown. What we do know is often confusing, different hypothesis piled upon each other make it difficult to distinguish what is fact and what speculation. We do know that Akhenaten, or Amenhotep IV, was the second son of Amenhotep III, an 18th Dynasty pharaoh and

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    Akhenaten Influence

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    Akhenaten, previously Amenhotep IV, was one of the most famous Egyptian pharaohs. He ruled in the eighteenth dynasty from 1353 to 1336 BCE after his father, Amenhotep III (Harris 144). During his reign, one of his reforms was to annihilate all the gods except one, thus creating one of the first monotheistic religions. The worship of all gods that were not Aten was banned and their temples were closed (Ngo). This led to a large divide between the priestly caste and the dynasty (Ricart 58). Akhenaten

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    Akhenaten and Monotheism

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    the center of attention during Amenhotep’s reign. Amenhotep IV, who would later take the name Akhenaten, would lead a controversial reign which would result in failure. He would eventually be deemed the “heretic king” (Assmann 149), but what was it that earned him this title? Was Amenhotep IV truly a “heretic king?” What manner of man was Aten’s ‘first prophet’? Because of his religious reforms, Akhenaten has for long struck a chord in today’s predominantly monotheistic world, and the fact that

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    Akhenaten was a pharaoh of Egypt who reigned over the country for about seventeen years roughly between 1353 B.C. and 1335 B.C. (Jarus). Akhenaten was one of the children of Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye. Little is known about his early life; this is mainly because, unlike his four sisters and one brother, he was not depicted on the monuments and other structures that his father built (Roberts, page 37). Akhenaten created his own religion, due to the fact that his family never taught him

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    Dynasty 18 in which Akhenaten is depicted as a sphinx, offering to the god Aten. Akhenaten wears the ureaus headdress, marking him as king of Egypt while two cartouches contain his official name. In addition to his cartouche, the relief contains the cartouches of Aten and Nefertiti, delineating the trinity of divinities that compose Akhenaten’s religion. Aten is depicted traditionally, as a sun disk, with his hands holding ankh symbols reaching towards offering tables in front of Akhenaten where the king

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    Akhenaten, The Mysterious Ruler Akhenaten is considered by many historians to be one of the most fascinating and individuals of the ancient world. It is been said that he created the first monotheistic religion. Did he do so? We will explore this question, along with other factions of his life and reign. In order to see how Akhenaten is considered a revolutionary and how his reign is different from those before his a look at the role of earlier “traditional” kings is needed. Then we will examine

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    The Chaotic Reign of Akhenaten

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    (Wiki: Akhenaten). Soon after he decided to construct a temple dedicated to Aten (... ... middle of paper ... ...nded with him as well. Works Cited Phaidon Press Inc. "Amarna Period." Shanahan, Karl. Egypt: 400 years of art. New York: Phaidon press Limited, 2003. 177-195. Redford, Donald B. "Akhenaten: The Heretic King." /redford, Donald B. Akhenaten: The Heretic King. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1984. 71-72. Scala Publications. "Head of Amenophis IV - Akhenaten." Publications

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    Mahfouz's Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth

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    Mahfouz's Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth In the history of literature, perhaps the most explored genre is the historical novel. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the present day, authors have taken historical facts and interpreted them novelistically. When no facts are available, the author may extrapolate missing parts of the story from two sources -- either through the interpretation of the existing scholarly data or through the author's imagination. These two approaches to 'filling in the gaps'

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    Images of Akhenaten, such as the statue from the temple at Karnak, depict the start of an artistic revolution where images of royalty are drastically changed. This new style of artwork shows a realistic appearance of people that almost exaggerates their humanly aspects rather than the “perfect form” Egyptians had been creating for centuries. Differences between earlier Egyptian art showing human form and these forms Figure paintings and sculptures from the thirteenth century BC were all created

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